Just to rub it in, my commute is better than yours. People say Anchorage is crowded and ugly. I disagree. Let’s start at 5:05 pm, rush hour.
Then things started to heat up, about 5:15 pm we go over the big bridge.
You might think I work somewhere on the outskirts of town but no. This is what we call Midtown, the U-Med district, home of University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Hospital, Alaska Psychiatric Institute,Anchorage Community Mental Health, The Alaska Native Medical Center, traffic.
When you come to visit Anchorage, you probably won’t visit this area unless something bad happens or you have an exam scheduled.
Of course there’s concrete in Anchorage. Right behind the bus barn I found this.
I go over a bunch of wooden bridges on my commute. This is great when I’m on the bike. Not so fun on roller blades, for me at least. I’m a bit too tentative and every plank is an invitation to surf the splinters. Slowing down is also an opportunity to enjoy what’s being bridged.
Brown water isn’t bad. It’s just the minerals. Most water looks like Goose Lake which is next.
Let’s not forget the smells on my ride. At Goose Lake the overwhelming smell of pine trees gave way to grilled burgers. There is no smell of sun tan lotion in Anchorage. All tanning is done at a spa. All burning is done outside.
This last photo gives you more a feel for the temperature. It’s green and fern like. In other words it’s cool, pleasant for any activity you could think of. So, there’s a bunch of pollen on my car windshield because it sits in the driveway all summer. Too bad.
If you think your commute is better than mine, show me!